The Cotes du Rhone is a large Appellation Controlee
area which is composed of 83,839 hectares of vineyard.
The area is one of the largest appellations in the world
and is composed of 5,202 growers, 875 private producers,
70 co-operatives and 20 merchant producers. The
average production is a staggering 418 million bottles, which are offered for sale globally
at very affordable prices. The grape varieties that are used in the production of Cotes du
Rhone wines include Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Carignan and Counoise.
"...a heck of a wine that sells for a song...
An estate of 50 acres in Rasteau that merits serious
attention , recent vintages have all been stunning,
& a lot of that is due to the brilliant work of well known
Southern Rhone consultant Philippe Cambie."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate # 178, Aug 2008
The first hectare of vines was planted on the Domaine Grand Nicolet property in 1875. The winery was established in 1926 and further plantings
of Grenache and Carignan were made, replacing cereal crops. The present owner, Jean Pierre Bertrand purchased the Estate in 1999 which has
now expanded to 20 hectares (50 acres) of vines.
Very deep, almost opaque black crimson purple colour with purple hue. The nose displays
aromas of black cherries, raspberry, liquorice and spice showing good varietal character. Full bodied palate with flavours of spice and liquorice with a hint of earthiness emerging. Fine grained tannins. Aftertaste of raspberry, liquorice and spice.
Cellar 3-4 years (2011-2012)